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Biggest Furniture Shopping Challenges...Solved!

Biggest Furniture Shopping Challenges…Solved!

Breathe easy & save big in the new year

Breathe easy & save big in the new year

A new year, a new way to get yourself financially secure for a brighter future! It’s not always easy getting back on track after the holidays are over but we’ve got a few expert tips to help guide you on your way to a more financially secure 2015!

Keep it in check
Start by sitting down and going through your budget (and for those of you who don’t have a budget, what are you doing? Hurry up and get a budget already!). You need to analyze your spending, what worked and what didn’t in the previous year. Check for areas where you spent more in than your normally did or less than you had planned. Using this information, you can build a better, more accurate budget for the new year.

Set those goals
What are you trying to accomplish in 2015? Does that require money? Probably. So start setting goals to hit every month to reach your long-term goal. Setting up a separate savings account is a great way to measure and keep track of what you’re saving. Make sure you’re transferring money into the account every month so you’re seeing progress and don’t touch it unless absolutely necessary!

Sell the clutter
Don’t hold on to things you don’t need, get rid of what’s clearly garbage and sell the rest! This way you’re decluttering your home and making a little cash on the side. This money can go right into your savings account to be used for what you truly need it for.

Google is your friend
The age of blindly buying things at face value is over. Google everything you want to purchase, especially if it’s over $50. Check and see that you’re getting the very best deals on the things you want. Don’t get dazzled into spending more than you have to!

Cut back on the extras
Do you really need a monthly subscription to Pandora or Spotify? You’ll survive the commercials, the free version will do just fine. If you have a gym membership and aren’t going at least 3 times a week, is it really worth it to keep paying that much a month? Start tallying up your expenses each month and keep track via Mint or another finance app to really see where you’re spending your hard earned cash.

Get ready for it: Home Delivery Checklist

Get ready for it: Home Delivery Checklist

Lazy Sunday: Stay at home with Easy Pass!

Lazy Sunday: Stay at home with Easy Pass!

Online shopping has only gotten easier over the years, but we at VCF strive to top that with one of our favorite web options.

It’s called Easy Pass. You can go online, create an account, add your fave items to your cart, and merge the cart with the nearest store. Then at your own convenience, you can either complete your purchase online from the comfort of your home, or go to the store to buy your pre-selected items!

We know shopping can be a drag, which is why we love Easy Pass so much. It makes it super easy on you to visualize your cart online first and then see it in-stores!

A new way to shop, Easy Pass combines the best of online and in-store shopping into one quick and convenient system.

Stay in your PJs and do all your shopping online without having to maneuver through a showroom. Then whenever you want, go into the store to complete your purchase. Your visit will be even easier with Easy Pass’s “quick express” checkout.

OR start in the store and get hands-on with our entire selection. Then, after you’ve gotten your “sales quote” from an associate, go online to merge your items into your shopping cart. There you can check measurements, choose colors and complete your purchase from the comfort of your home.

Never stress about shopping again!

Brrr it's cold outside: Make your home a comfort station!

Brrr it’s cold outside: Make your home a comfort station!

It’s January, which means cold winds, snow, lack of sun and grumpy people. Turn your own home into a comfort oasis to combat this dreary month! How do we do that? Oh we’ll show you how. Get inspired by some of our favorite pieces, picked for you!

Step #1: Surround yourself with comfort aka pillows.
We just got a ton of accent pillows on the vcf.com website and they are magnificent. A particular favorite is The Peace Collection and they’re basically cable-knit sweaters turned into pillows. Doesn’t that sound like the definition of comfort?

 

Step #2: Get yourself a fireplace, if you don’t already have one!

The key to comfort in the winter is to stay warm and cozy. For small spaces, we have the Homestead Fireplace, which is just small enough to fit anywhere and it’s super cute to boot! For larger spaces, the Brentwood Collection is your best bet for ultimate coziness and gives your TV an awesome place to rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step #3: Cozy chairs are a must!
Every room needs at least one cozy chair to snuggle up in with a nice book and a glass of wine or hot chocolate. Our Celeste chair is perfect because it comes with it’s own pillow AND throw! It’s a cozy explosion in one package!

 

 

 

Step #4: Lamps, lamps everywhere!
A lot of people in colder states suffer from seasonal disorder, which means you get sad and grumpy in the winter time because of the lack of sun. Combat this by placing lamps everywhere so that light shines from every stairwell and entryway! Our Paper Shade Collection is simplistic in it’s elegance and will fit any home.

Step #5: Get lots and lots of books and hunker down for the long winter.
Reading books is essential to getting through a long winter. So you need a place to put all those novels you’re about to read? For small spaces we have the Grenoble and you can pretty much put anything in that from books to coffee mugs to wine glasses, to truly max its potential out. For larger spaces, the Collins bookcase is truly meant to hold your beloved tomes.

Furniture is family

Furniture is family


It’s easy to get caught up in the every day. And “living in the moment” is challenging when you’re juggling everything at once! How many of you feel like you’re being pulled in many different directions? I know I do! Life can get crazy! And with everything going on, it can really be hard finding time for yourself and for your family.

But I have the answer. And it might surprise you.

Furniture.

That’s right. Furniture can actually help in your quest to find time. Imagine this- purchasing a reclining sectional that has room for the entire family. Suddenly, family movie night sounds like a blast! Or buying that dining table you’ve always wanted.  At last, you can actually host Thanksgiving dinner or have a New Year’s Eve party.

Many people look at furniture shopping as stressful. But remember, furniture can mean so much more than “your favorite colors and style.” It could change the way you live.

Shopping Guide: Getting the right gift by personality

Shopping for people can be particularly hard. Especially if you may not know too much about them. But the best thing to do is find at least one thing that they like to talk about or check for context clues whether its on their desk at work, in the room, what they’re wearing or what they post about on social media. We’ve made a little starter kit for people who need a little help getting started on gift buying with these gifts tailored to a personality!

 

If your friend is a traveller, they just might LOVE our Britannia Collection or our Eiffel Tower print. Something that reminds them of their wanderlust and need for exploration.

Or maybe your buddy is a fierce animal lover with a passion for fashionable prints and a need to have it everywhere. That Zebra Accent Chest would be the perfect gift for them. Or maybe the Safari Cube Ottoman to really get into their wild side?

 

Everyone knows an artist, someone who loves the abstract beauty of lines and color. Why not get them the Black Hole wall piece, it looks like it’s floating in midair! Or even the aesthetically pleasing Olympia table would be a good fit.

Wine lovers are easy to please, we always say. Get them warm colored pieces and plenty of storage units to house their multitude of bottles. The Vegas Bar is one of our favorite pieces because it’s simple and chic. Your buddy will love it.

 

Everyone knows a bookworm, you might even be one yourself! The Camryn bookcase is the king of bookcases, it’s gorgeous and will go with anything. Once they grab their book, they can fall back on the Camino chair with a nice throw. Wonderful.

Friendsgiving is for a different kind of family!

Friendsgiving is for a different kind of family!

Some people call it the “Orphan Thanksgiving” which is so depressing! Friendsgiving is an age-old tradition that has been highlighted a lot in recent years. Because of jobs and other reasons to move far from home, a lot of people are separated from their families. Friendsgiving can be celebrated a few days before or after Thanksgiving, and is a special time for you and your buddies to eat together and give thanks to your wonderful, weird friendship. We’ve got some tips for you to help make this year’s Friendsgiving the best one yet….at least until next year’s ;)

First things first, is to make sure you send out invitations ahead of time, whether its the traditional way or through a group chat on iMessage or Facebook. Make sure you have a solid headcount, before you start planning. Don’t be disappointed if not everyone can go! You all have busy lives and other obligations, just focus on those that can be there for this occasion.

As a part of the planning process, priority number 1 is making sure there is plenty of seating available for your guests and not only that but eating areas. Depending on how many people come, plus how big or small your place is, you may need to add some chairs, ottomans and tables to create space without being too cluttered and feeling too tight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you know your audience when it comes to alcohol! Most people assume wine is the drink of choice, but it’s always good to have beer and hard cider on hand for those that prefer some hops :) Always have non-alcoholic beverages available as well!  A serving table or wine rack will work nicely, so keep it out in the open and readily available for guests to grab when they want!

 

Go light on decor! These are your friends that have seen you do stupid, silly and weird things. They love you and you love them, so there’s no need to have gourds and pumpkins and pilgrim hats everywhere. They’re coming for sustenance, good company and great conversation!

 

 

 

Don’t go cheap on dishware though…paper plates and red party cups aren’t allowed at Friendsgiving. Bring out some nice china, it doesn’t have to match at all! Just give your friends the benefit of nice meal on non-paper and plastic utensils. We’ve actually got something called Ginori, which is some amazing Italian dinnerware that we bought. It’s actually 25% off in stores right now! So hurry up and grab some before your dinners!

 

Another piece of advice is to accept help whenever it’s offered. Don’t think that just because it’s your place you have to do every single thing. Let your friends help you with the cleaning up and putting dishes away, it’s just their way of giving thanks to you for hosting a wonderful meal :)

One last thing…don’t over plan! This is a fun thing to do with your friends and let them know they’re your second family. And that’s just as important, during this season, as spending time with your first family!

Survival Tips for Black Friday!

Survival Tips for Black Friday!

Like winter, Black Friday is coming and there’s nothing we can do to stop it! Amazing deals, long lines and doorbusters are on the agenda. Feeling unprepared? We’re here to help with our Black Friday Survival Tips.

Check Your Bag
Leave the giant purse at home! Opt instead for a small purse or cross-body bag that will free up your hands for grabbing all those great deals. You don’t want anything unnecessary weighing you down.

 

 

 

 

 

Plan Ahead

If you want to make sure you’re getting the best deals, planning is key. Study all the ads before heading out so you know exactly which deals you want to snatch up. We’ve got something cool called Easy Pass, where you basically take your online shopping cart and make it come to life for you in-store! Pick out what you want online and store associates can help you try it out!

Bring a Buddy
Shopping is always better with a friend. Black Friday is no exception. You’re going to need some backup. There will be a lot of waiting around so having one (or more) friends with you is sure to make the time pass more quickly. Friends can also help you divide and conquer for the best sales.

 

 

 

 

 

Pick the Right Footwear
It’s always nice to look your best, but for Black Friday comfortable shoes are a must. You’ll be on your feet a long time in various types of weather and temperatures so make sure you build your ensemble around your comfiest shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pack a Snack
Black Friday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. Make sure you’ve got some healthy snacks and small bottles of water to stay on top of your game as the early morning goes into late afternoon. A morning boost of coffee or green tea is also a must-have for that all important pick-me-up to keep you alert and ahead of the competition.

Stay Positive
All the crowds and commotion can cause a lot of stress. Remember to stay friendly and not take your shopping TOO seriously. If everyone remembers to be kind and courteous, the day can stay fun for all.

 

Stay Connected

Make sure you charge your cellphone before heading out. For the more aggressive shopper, get a portable charger to carry around with you. You don’t want to find yourself stranded or separated from your group.

Make Space
If you play your cards right, you’re gonna end up with an impressive haul of great deals. That vacuum cleaner that’s been in your trunk since May, clear it out! Make the time now to clean out your car and trunk so you have enough room to store all those amazing steals!

Keep Your Home Beautiful: Helpful Tips for Pet Owners

Keep Your Home Beautiful: Helpful Tips for Pet Owners

 

We know you love your pet but we also know you love that beautiful sectional you’ve been eying for months now. Pets and furniture tend to have an odd relationship, where one accidentally destroys the other. However, that doesn’t have to happen! We have some tips to save you future headaches from your four-legged family member.

Burnham Leather

  • Always use stain-resistant fabrics. No matter what the cost, it is always worth it. Leather, microfiber; these are your new best friends. Leather is always an excellent choice because it’s super easy to clean. If you’re worried about your cat or dog scratching your leather, distressed leather is your best bet. That way you can get that vintage look and your pets will only add to the beauty of it. Synthetic fibers like Ultrasuede & other microfibers have advantages over leather because they’re tightly woven to resist damage and they often come in patterns that hide blemishes.

Drake Dining Room Collection

  • Accessorize with your pet in mind. Pick a color that closely matches your pet as a neutral base then accessorize with colorful accent pieces! Always consider a furniture piece that closely matches your pets’ color to hide any shedding from view. But remember a lighter color could result in more visible stains. But just because your options in color can be limited doesn’t mean your choice in accent pieces and accessories has to be!

 

 

 


Charleston Bay Bedroom Set

 

  • Protect your bed. If you like your pets to cuddle with you in your bed, you know there can be accidents. Use a thick pad for your mattress and neutral-colored, cotton bedsheets that can hide shedding and other stains between laundry days. A duvet cover adds a nice touch. If you have any accent pillows, get them in a bright pattern that could hide any unsightly flaws.


Durham Cocktail Table

  • Double up on storage pieces. Storage products are not only a great way to store things in but can double as a place for your pet to lounge around on. Grab a durable, yet stylish table that can also store anything you need! Ottomans and other storage units work well and come in a variety of colors to add a unique flavor to the room. Give your pets a little playroom so they stay off your couch!

 

 

 

 

2nd Annual Red Chair Event

2nd Annual Red Chair Event

Once again, Value City Furniture is proud to partner with the American Red Cross to help raise money during National Preparedness Month.

To show our support, we’ve taken our iconic American Signature club chair, and created a Red Chair! We’ve been creating a pink chair for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for 7 years, and we’re proud to be able to show the same kind of support to the American Red Cross by having our 2nd Annual Red Chair Event. It works much like our Pink Chair Event. Fans, followers and customers can enter for a chance to win the chair by either donating online (click here to donate now!), or by visiting any of our locations. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross.

Last year our fans, associates and customers raised close to $25,000, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.

More About National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is a part of a governmental effort to strengthen the United States preparedness capabilities. The national preparedness architecture encompasses prevention, protection, response, and recovery efforts to prepare the United States for all hazards – whether terrorist attack or natural disaster.

Since September 11th, 2001, the US Government has taken steps to encourage all citizens to make their own survival preparations. September was chosen as National Preparedness Month, as the tragedies of September 11th, 2001 highlighted to the nation the importance of being prepared.